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Luis Palau encourages graduates at 39th Baccalaureate

Summer 2012 : By BJ Williams

Liberty University graduates, friends, and family had the chance to hear from world-renowned evangelist and author Luis Palau at Liberty’s 39th Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 11.

This service had to be held in the Vines Center for the first time to accommodate the large crowd.

Palau, who received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, is the head of the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association and has spoken all over the United States and in more than 73 countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru.

Palau, originally from Argentina, encouraged the graduates using John 14, telling them to “dream great dreams” and to take those dreams into whatever vocation God has called them.

“As you graduate and go wherever the Lord is taking you … go with a fire of believing in the Lord, growing in your faith, and going in the power of the Holy Spirit,” Palau said.

Earlier in the day, Palau spoke at a luncheon for Liberty University en Español (LUE), the arm of Liberty University Online that is reaching out to the nation’s growing Hispanic population. Hispanic students and university staff attended the luncheon in the Executive Dining Room of Reber-Thomas Dining Hall. The event was conducted almost entirely in Spanish, as Palau stressed the importance of the Hispanic community being well educated and being able to greatly impact their community in the business world as well as ministry.

Palau also spoke at the start of Liberty’s Commencement ceremony the next day. Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said Palau “delivered one of the most powerful Baccalaureate addresses that any graduating class has ever heard at Liberty University.”
He said Palau had just returned from more than two weeks of ministry in South America where he preached live to more than 150,000 people.

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